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Panorama showcases the Caribbean’s rich musical heritage through melodic steel band performances. The melodic sound of the steel pan has always been a staple element in Caribbean culture. In celebration of the musical tradition, Miami Broward One Carnival will hold its annual Panorama Steel Band competition on Friday, October 6th at Central Broward Regional Park, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Panorama continues to be a music lover favorite, bringing both old heads and the younger Caribbean-American pan-lovers together for an evening of melodic and rhythmic music. The steel pan holds great historical significance in the world of music, as it is the only new instrument invented in the 20th Century. Although a part of the Carnival experience for many years, the first Panorama was not held in Trinidad & Tobago until 1963. In Miami, steel bands were always a part of Carnival, where bands traveled from Orlando and even from New York to participate in South Florida’s Carnival festivities. The host committee is committed to preserving this rich Caribbean tradition within the blueprint of Miami Carnival. The judges of the Panorama competition hail from South Florida and from Trinidad & Tobago and/other Caribbean islands, have performed with steel bands and are well versed in history of the steel pan, as well as the judging criteria, which include arrangement, performance, tone and rhythm.